Education Courses for Adults

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All initiatives delivered by the West Cork Development Partnership under SICAP are free of charge to participants

Stepping Stones

Will focus on the development of non-academic life skills, to address issues of low confidence and self-esteem. Issues to be covered will include communications, interpersonal skills, health, money, family, confidence, and well-being.

Contact: Jimeve O’Neill (086) 7356340 or


Will provide introduction courses in a wide variety of adult education subjects. This action involves promotion of the wide range of MOOC’s and free interactive on-line courses available from colleges and education providers worldwide. MOOC’s are Massive On-Line Open Courses and are a recent phenomenon in education worldwide. They involve lectures, reading materials, interactive elements such as quizzes and discussion boards. They are usually free, and offer content at many levels from basic introductory to more advanced. Courses are offered by US universities / Irish, UK and European universities, education providers such as is now one of the world’s largest education providers and is based in Galway.

Contact:  Fergal Conlon (086) 8566364 or


A short ‘decision making’ course for adults which runs for 4 weeks (2 hours each week).  The course is non-certified and is adapted each time to suit the needs of the participants.  The course gives an opportunity to

  • Consider your options
  • Chose a direction and
  • Develop a plan of action

Over the 4 sessions, participants will have an opportunity to take stock and identify what positives they already have in their lives; consider a wide range of next steps; explore some options and plot a path for moving on.

The process can be applied to many life situations but usually focuses on career and employment related situations.

Contact: Fergal (086) 8566364 or

Parents Plus Programme  

An evidence-based, parenting programme package that draws on well-researched ideas on parent-child communication and behaviour management.  Using video footage of parenting scenes and comments and stories from real parents and children, the programme is suitable for parents who want to find ways to:

  • Solve parenting problems in a positive way that helps children learn.
  • Manage difficult behaviour and discipline problems.
  • Help their children be more cooperative and to learn to keep rules.
  • Help their children learn and to reach their full potential at school.

Where: Bantry and Kinsale areas

Contact: Mark Gaffney (087) 1630780 or

Parenting when Separated

A new 6-week course to address the challenges of parenting when separated. For parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce.

The course will help solve co-parenting problems, cope with the emotional impact of separation, help your child cope with the impact of the separation and enhance communication with your children.

Contact: Anna Fitzgerald (087) 9892150 or


This project or operation is part supported by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.